Monday, 26 August 2013

The Trek's on its last warning......

Yesterday it was the gear cable, admittedly I should have changed that as I had noticed it was looking the worse for wear, but tonight there was absolutely no excuse for the  hanger breaking and the rear derailleur jamming the back wheel solid, especially as I was doing a fair rate of knots down the Shelter Belt when it happened. There was a crack and the next thing I knew the back wheel was locked solid and I was attempting to hang on to the handlebars and avoid headbutting the fir trees that line the path. To the guys that stopped and offered sympathy as we removed the derailleur and went single speed, and one in particular who reads this blog, we did make it home, though not at any great speed. By the time we did get home the chain had destroyed the two outer front chain rings because it was so tight and my legs have never spun so fast for so little forward speed! However we made it, and it may be a while till the Trek make another trek up the Pentlands!

2 comments:

Jonny May said...

Glad to know you made it home OK. (I've had similar misfortunes and had to replace the rear section of a Scott Genius after mishap in the Lakes. Another friend managed to saw into the rear of his Giant Anthem when forced to convert to a singlespeed at Kirroughtree.) We made it to the the top of Castlelaw before being forced to use lights for the descent and final leg via Scalextrics, Clubbiedean and Poet's Glen - http://www.strava.com/activities/77879812 The Pentlands are great when it's dry and dusty (& if your bike's not misbehaving).

jakay said...

New hanger ordered, so the Trek gets a final warning, still don't know how it happened, maybe a stone flung up into the derailleur, was coming down the Shelter Belt quite fast at the time